How Do I Start an Automotive Apprenticeship?

Wanting to start a career in the automotive industry but not sure where to start? An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to get ahead and earn while you learn.  

Once you have completed your apprenticeship or traineeship, you’ll have the knowledge, experience, and qualification to begin your career in the industry.  

Benefits of becoming an apprentice or trainee

There are many great benefits to becoming an apprentice or trainee, including: 

  • Earn while you learn
  • Personalised mentor support throughout your training  
  • Gain fundamental workplace skills with on-the-job experience. 
  • Nationally recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship 
  • Pathway to higher qualifications 

What is involved?

When undertaking an apprenticeship, you will sign a Training Agreement for a nominal term of four years (depending on the qualification) and complete formal training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The timeframe for completion will vary for full-time, part-time, and school-based apprenticeships. 

Not just for school-leavers…

Many employers are looking for the reliability and experience that mature aged apprentices can bring to the workplace.  

Whether you’re returning to the workforce, changing profession, or just looking to formalise your skills, you can benefit from becoming an apprentice or trainee.  

Your existing competencies (gained from education, work, and life experiences) may provide you with credit and may reduce your training time. 

Which apprenticeship is right for you?

Choosing a field of study can be a tricky decision. Think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are – talk to family, friends, and gather information on different career options. CLICK HERE to view a list of current career pathways within the automotive industry. 

MTA Institute (RTO 31529) offers a full suite of nationally accredited automotive apprenticeships and traineeships in the fields of Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Motorcycle, Mobile Plant, Automotive Body Repair, Refinishing and More.  The MTA Institute is a Skills Assure Supplier.  

Pre-apprenticeship courses

You can also get a ‘taste’ before commencing an automotive apprenticeship by participating in a pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship course. 

A vocational preparation course is entry-level training that can provide a pathway into the industry. Some employers prefer apprentices to have completed a pre-apprenticeship course, so they have the basic skills before they commence work.  

Ready to get started?

MTA Institute’s automotive vocational preparation course is designed to give students a basic introduction to the industry.  


Wanting to jump straight into an apprenticeship? As the largest private provider of automotive apprenticeships in Queensland, MTA Institute signs up and supports apprentices and trainees across many industry sectors.    


1 December 2021

Please note the information contained on this page is general in nature and does not take into account your specific needs or circumstances. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.